Cavs got another victory against Pistons as LeBron inspires the tribune
The talented LeBron James had another inspired now. The Cleveland Cavaliers got then an important 79-68 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
In this particular game, James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Cavs achieve a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.
The dangerous Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by one of their players, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James.
In fact, He had an alley-oop slam midway through the fourth quarter during an 18-2 run that started after the sixth tie of the game.
But the King had help, getting a career playoff-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Joe Smith, and 13 points from Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
We must say that the Pistons will host Game 4 on Sunday. They need a really huge change in their strategy and in their luck to revert the situation now.
Indeed, Pistons coach Michael Curry said the Pistons needed both Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince to play well to have a chance to win, and neither did.
Wallace netted just five points, looking old, banged up and disinterested. Prince scored seven points in the first quarter and was held scoreless the rest of the encounter, laboring with a sore back.
Detroit's extravagant Richard Hamilton had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Rodney Stuckey contributed 12 points and five assists.
What's more, Antonio McDyess, who had eight points and eight rebounds, lamented the fact that his team went through the motions when it lost the first two matches of the series on the road by an average of 15 points.
The white team played with pride early, scoring the first eight points and refusing to go away when they fell behind by nine in the first half. Detroit took turns with the lead in an ugly third quarter — scoring 16 points and giving up nine — but had no answer when James chose to take over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring just 11 points.
Curiously, his final points in the first half came on a sequence that made the Cavs laugh and the Pistons pout. Ilgauskas got to a loose ball near Detroit's free-throw line. The Pistons let him dribble up the court and make a jump pass in the lane to James as if the 7-foot-3, 260-pound center was nimble. The victory was sealed then.